Miriam Makeba – The Voice Of Africa (1964/2016) [AcousticSounds FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Miriam Makeba – The Voice Of Africa (1964/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 28:14 minutes | 601 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy

Throughout her time as a concert singer in 1960s America Miriam Makeba was promoted as the embodied voice of a sonic, imagined Africa. Where her white audiences were attracted to the complete „otherness“ of her African blackness, her black American audiences saw themselves – or imagined versions of themselves – put on stage, and built solidarities between their own struggle and the struggle against apartheid.

In this essay, I argue that the discourses that followed Makeba’s voice and body reflected the evolving attitudes of America towards Africa, and, through Africa, its contradictory relationship to its own African American citizens. Makeba played on these discourses to craft a political and musical identity in solidarity with black and diasporic causes. This identity, embodied in the persona of ‘‘Mama Africa,’’ allowed Makeba the flexibility to speak to and for her fellow (South) Africans with cultural authority. By joining the oft-opposed positions of „Africa“ and „The World,“ Makeba became what I’m calling an African Cosmopolitan.

01 – Nomthini
02 – Willow Song (From “Othello”)
03 – Langa More
04 – Shihibolet
05 – Tuson
06 – Qhude
07 – Mayibuye
08 – Lovely Lies
09 – Uyadela
10 – Mamoriri
11 – Le Fleuve
12 – Come To Glory